We are in for a wonderful Christmas season treat! My dear friend, Michelle Cox, has graciously agreed to share some special recipes over the next few weeks. Michelle is a delightful author and a magnificent chef. She and her husband, Paul, live near Asheville, North Carolina.
Be sure to visit her website — Michelle Cox Inspirations. She has lots of amazing stories, recipes and “encouragement with a Southern drawl!”
My husband and I went to a large specialty grocery store awhile back. They sold warm citrus spiced cashews and they were absolutely delicious—and very expensive for a small quantity. I came home and experimented until my husband and I agreed I’d nailed the flavor with this recipe.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
¼ cup water
½ tsp. orange extract
1 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. apple pie spice
3 cups salted cashews
Combine the water and orange extract in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sugar and apple pie spice; stir well. Add the cashews. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Continue to cook and stir until the cashews are completely sugared with no syrup left in the pan. (This takes about 13-15 minutes. Stir often! Don’t try to turn the heat higher or they’ll scorch.) Spread on wax paper and let cool.
*Purchasing a large jar of cashews at somewhere like Sam’s Club or Costco is usually much cheaper than buying the same quantity at the grocery store.